Angkor Wat 1st enclosure

Angkor Wat 1st enclosure

Angkor Wat 1st enclosure

Angkor Wat (built 1113-1150AD during the reign of Suryavarman II). Originally, a Hindu temple, dedicated to lord Vishnu, facing west, later converted to Buddhism use, occupied 208h or (500acres) and is world largest religious structure.

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Set in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap is best known for being home to the incredible Angkor ruins, a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of ancient temples with the magnificent Angkor Wat as the focal point.

While the Angkor park is surely one of the globe's most amazing historical sites, Siem Reap province is also home to an array of other ruins, such as Beng Mealea, Bantaey Srei, and the holy mountain Phnom Kulen. So if ancient temple ruins are your thing, this province -- an expansive piece of mostly flat land, covered in rice fields and brush -- must be explored fully. It runs along the north shore of the Tonle Sap, Cambodia's "Great Lake", and north to Oddar Meanchey province, where Pol Pot met his end. Few visitors get around to the fringes, even though they are becoming increasingly accessible after many improvements to Cambodia's roads.

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